This is how you start laying out your design in a rough plan. Loosely draw zones on your tracing paper overlay base plan with marker. Identify them according to needs and the privacy level you desire for the space. This helps you determine whether you need fences, buffer zones of plants for noise or dividing space. You can change your mind from rectilinear to graceful curves.
Now start further playing with site elevation. Remember if you add change of grade, you can add interest.
Our next design step will be Plan Development. This broken into two parts, but I will show both next post. The first is Preliminary Plan Development, showing the dimensions. The second is Final Plan Development showing the exact placement of plants. This includes the hardscape drawing.
The names of plants are not listed because that will vary on any plan you create. I will graphically show you how to place and show plant types with a drawing Key. After, we will talk about color and show the garden maturing over time. Plus a post on gardening with dogs.